Student Professional Competencies as Perceived by Community Service Learning Partners

Maureen Snow Andrade, Jonathan H. Westover


Service learning is a high impact practice that helps students develop professional competencies such as teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving. This study investigated community partners’ perceptions of students’ professional competencies and their impact. Findings indicate that professional competencies had a significant impact on partner perceptions of project quality and value, while the overall predictability of the model to examine partners’ perceived likelihood to work on future projects with students was low.


community partners; high impact practices; essential learning outcomes; competencies; higher education

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